BUTLER TO THE THUNDER OFFICIAL
Caron Butler cleared waivers on Saturday at 4 p.m. By 6 p.m., his deal with the Thunder was official.
"Headed to OKC truly blessed..." Butler tweeted.
It's not yet clear whether Butler will be available for OKC's Sunday game against the Bobcats.
WESTBROOK FEELS BETTER
Slowly but surely, Russell Westbrook is returning to form.
After a solid game against Cleveland, Westbrook was fluid and efficient throughout his 29 minutes on Friday night.
In the Thunder’s win over Memphis — Westbrook’s fourth game back from his latest surgery — he had 21 points, six assists, three steals and only one turnover. He shot 7-of-12 from the field.
“I felt better last night,” Westbrook said. “Rhythm-wise and moving around. Hopefully I can continue to feel better and better each game.”
UNDERRATED BOBCATS PRESENT CHALLENGE
For the final time in history — barring an extremely unlikely meeting in the NBA Finals — the Thunder will play the Charlotte Bobcats on Sunday afternoon.
Next season, the Bobcats will switch their name to the Hornets.
But this final edition of the Bobcats is better than in the past. Charlotte is 27-31, winning five of its last six games, and currently holds the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference.
“They do a great job of getting back, not allowing many transition points,” Brooks said. “Offensively, they don’t turn the ball over, I think they lead the league in lowest amount of turnovers.”
STAT OF THE DAY
Charlotte averages 11.9 turnovers per game, fewest in the NBA. OKC averages 15.3 per game, fourth most in the league.